The NBA is taking their player resting policy seriously this season. Over the weekend, the league fined both the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors for resting multiple healthy players.
First came the $25,000 fine against the Raptors on Saturday after they rested Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam during Friday night’s game against the Orlando Magic. The Raptors won that game 112-102.
Then Saturday night, the San Antonio Spurs sat DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, and Jakob Poeltl for rest against the Phoenix Suns. They won that game 111-85. On Sunday, the league announced a $25,000 fine against them as well.
The league’s resting policy first came about in 2017. It states teams can’t rest multiple healthy players in the same game. If a team should rest a healthy player, it has to be during home games.
Some see the NBA’s actions as harsh amidst a condensed season riddled with challenges from the pandemic.
In other NBA news, stadiums filled to capacity may be returning sooner than you think. Read our story about that here.
The NBA has fined the Raptors $25,000 for “failing to comply with league policies governing player rest and injury reporting.”
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 17, 2021